Here’s a very instructive quote from Tim Keller’s The Reason for God, in the chapter “Science Has Disproved Christianity.” He is applying Matthew 28:17 (where after the resurrection the disciples worshipped Jesus, though some doubted) to the modern rejection of God intervening in the natural order through miracles.

The most instructive thing about this text is, however, what it says about the purpose of Biblical miracles. They lead not simply to cognitive belief, but to worship, to awe and wonder. Jesus’s miracles in particular were never magic tricks, designed only to impress and coerce. You never see him say something like: “See that tree over there? Watch me make it burst into flames!” Instead, he used miraculous power to heal the sick, feed the hungry, and raise the dead. Why? We modern people think of miracles as the suspension of natural order, but Jesus meant them to be the restoration of the natural order. The Bible tells us that God did not originally make the world to have disease, hunger, and death in it. Jesus has come to redeem where it is wrong and heal the world where it is broken. His miracles are not just proofs that he has power but also wonderful foretastes of what he is going to do with that power. Jesus’s miracles are not just a challenge to our minds, but a promise to our hearts, that the world we all want is coming.

I have often pigeon-holed Jesus’s miracles simply as proofs of his deity, which they surely are. However, Keller seems to take this a step further – they are proofs of His deity that (1) point to the coming restoration of all things should and (2) should lead us to worship Him.

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